PewDiePie has responded to the backlash against him saying the N-word on a livestream. In the 1:35 video, Felix makes no excuses for his actions, apologising profusely. He laments that “it seems like I’ve learned nothing from all these past controversies” and emphasises that he does not believe that he can “say or do whatever (he) wants and get away with it.”
He says his owes it to his audience and those who look up to him, to be a better person. You can see the full video here:
His comments whipped up a storm
For those of you who are unaware of the details of the story, PewDiePie angrily shouted the N-word during a recorded livestream. The clip quickly began to circulate around the internet, with everyone except the most diehard of fans (and, we suppose, actual racists) condemning Felix for using the word.
The backlash included a fierce response from one of the creators of the game Firewatch, who spoke out against Felix in a furious Twitter thread and then swore to have a video of Felix playing Firewatch taken off YouTube (it then was indeed taken down).
In the video, when Felix refers to past controversies, he is referring to what has been a difficult year for the creator, who seems to be inexplicably caught in a streak of making mistakes. He caused uproar with an anti-Semitic joke, which then caused a negative chain of events that included Felix being dropped from his contract with Disney and having the second season of his YouTube Red show ‘Scare PewDiePie’ cancelled before release.
This is also the second time this year that PewDiePie has said the N-word on camera. It is also the second apology video he has posted in recent months, with the previous video being an apology for making Nazi jokes, following the events in Charlottesville.